Used with fibre reactive dyes as a colour FIXATIVE. Soda ash raises the pH and allows the dye to bond with the fibre. Generally used only with cellulose (plant) fibres such as cotton or flax. Also known as washing soda or sal soda, though this is a more pure form that the washing soda sold in supermarkets.
Also sometimes used in natural dyeing to create more alkaline conditions, and thus altering the colour with certain plants. Extensively used for indigo vat dyeing.
TO USE: Follow dye manufacturer’s directions for amounts and timing.
Dispose of spent dyebath in the usual way, most likely down the drain.
CAUTION: Wear a mask when handling powders. Wear gloves, can be a skin irritant.